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The commission may supervise and regulate every public utility
in the State and may do all things, whether specifically designated
in this part or in addition thereto, which are necessary and
convenient in the exercise of such power and jurisdiction.
(a) (1) The Legislature finds and declares that, in addition
to other ratepayer protection objectives, a principal goal of
electric and natural gas utilities' resource planning and investment
shall be to minimize the cost to society of the reliable energy
services that are provided by natural gas and electricity, and to
improve the environment and to encourage the diversity of energy
sources through improvements in energy efficiency, development of
renewable energy resources, such as wind, solar, biomass, and
geothermal energy, and widespread transportation electrification.
(2) The amendment made to this subdivision by the Clean Energy and
Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 does not expand the authority of the
commission beyond that provided by other law.
(b) The Legislature further finds and declares that, in addition
to any appropriate investments in energy production, electrical and
natural gas utilities should seek to exploit all practicable and
cost-effective conservation and improvements in the efficiency of
energy use and distribution that offer equivalent or better system
reliability, and which are not being exploited by any other entity.
(c) In calculating the cost-effectiveness of energy resources,
including conservation and load management options, the commission
shall include, in addition to other ratepayer protection objectives,
a value for any costs and benefits to the environment, including air
quality. The commission shall ensure that any values it develops
pursuant to this section are consistent with values developed by the
State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission
pursuant to Section 25000.1 of the Public Resources Code. However, if
the commission determines that a value developed pursuant to this
subdivision is not consistent with a value developed by the State
Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission pursuant to
subdivision (c) of Section 25000.1 of the Public Resources Code, the
commission may nonetheless use this value if, in the appropriate
record of its proceedings, it states its reasons for using the value
it has selected.
(d) In determining the emission values associated with the current
operating capacity of existing electric powerplants pursuant to
subdivision (c), the commission shall adhere to the following
protocol in determining values for air quality costs and benefits to
the environment. If the commission finds that an air pollutant that
is subject to regulation is a component of residual emissions from an
electric powerplant and that the owner of that powerplant is either
of the following:
(1) Using a tradable emission allowance, right, or offset for that
pollutant, which (A) has been approved by the air quality district
regulating the powerplant, (B) is consistent with federal and state
law, and (C) has been obtained, authorized, or acquired in a
(2) Paying a tax per measured unit of that pollutant.
The commission shall not assign a value or cost to that residual
pollutant for the current operating capacity of that powerplant
because the alternative protocol for dealing with the pollutant
operates to internalize its cost for the purpose of planning for and
acquiring new generating resources.
(e) (1) The values determined pursuant to subdivision (c) to
represent costs and benefits to the environment shall not be used by
the commission, in and of themselves, to require early
decommissioning or retirement of an electric utility powerplant that
complies with applicable prevailing environmental regulations.
(2) Further, the environmental values determined pursuant to
subdivision (c) shall not be used by the commission in a manner
which, when those values are aggregated, will result in advancing an
electric utility's need for new powerplant capacity by more than 15
(f) This subdivision shall apply whenever a powerplant bid
solicitation is required by the commission for an electric utility
and a portion of the amount of new powerplant capacity, which is the
subject of the bid solicitation, is the result of the commission's
use of environmental values to advance that electric utility's need
for new powerplant capacity in the manner authorized by paragraph (2)
of subdivision (e). The affected electric utility may propose to the
commission any combination of alternatives to that portion of the
new powerplant capacity that is the result of the commission's use of
environmental values as authorized by paragraph (2) of subdivision
(c). The commission shall approve an alternative in place of the new
powerplant capacity if it finds all of the following:
(1) The alternative has been approved by the relevant air quality
(2) The alternative is consistent with federal and state law.
(3) The alternative will result in needed system reliability for
the electric utility at least equivalent to that which would result
from bidding for new powerplant capacity.
(4) The alternative will result in reducing system operating costs
for the electric utility over those which would result from the
process of bidding for new powerplant capacity.
(5) The alternative will result in equivalent or better
environmental improvements at a lower cost than would result from
bidding for new powerplant capacity.
(g) This section does not require an electric utility to alter the
dispatch of its powerplants for environmental purposes.
(h) This section does not preclude an electric utility from
submitting to the commission any combination of alternatives to meet
a commission-identified need for new capacity, if the submission is
otherwise authorized by the commission.
(i) This section does not change or alter any provision of
commission decision 92-04-045, dated April 22, 1992.
Until the commission completes an electric generation
procurement methodology that values the environmental and diversity
costs and benefits associated with various generation technologies,
the commission shall direct that a specific portion of future
electrical generating capacity needed for California be reserved or
set aside for renewable resources.
It is the policy of the state and the intent of the
Legislature that state and municipal electric resource acquisition
programs recognize and include a value for the resource diversity
provided by renewable resources.
With respect to financing arrangements which are established
after January 1, 1988, no electrical, gas, or telephone corporation,
whose rates are set by the commission on a cost-of-service basis,
shall issue any bond, note, lien, guarantee, or indebtedness of any
kind pledging the utility assets or credit for or on behalf of any
subsidiary or affiliate of, or corporation holding a controlling
interest in, the electrical, gas, or telephone corporation. The
commission may, however, authorize an electrical, gas, or telephone
corporation to issue any bond, note, lien, guarantee, or indebtedness
pledging the utility assets or credits as follows:
(a) For or on behalf of a subsidiary if its revenues and expenses
are included by the commission in establishing rates for the
electrical, gas, or telephone corporation.
(b) For or on behalf of a subsidiary if it is engaged in a
regulated public utility business in this state or in any other
(c) For or on behalf of a subsidiary or affiliate if it engages in
activities which support the electric, gas, or telephone corporation
in its operations or service, these activities are, or will be,
regulated either by the commission or a comparable federal agency,
and the issuance of the bond, note, lien, guarantee, or indebtedness
is specifically approved in advance by the commission.
The commission shall not approve the bond, note, lien, guarantee,
or indebtedness unless the commission finds and determines that the
proposed financing will benefit the interests of the utility and its
(a) The commission may authorize gas and electrical
corporations to include in ratepayer-supported research and
development programs, activities that relate to improving the energy
efficiency of manufactured housing and mobilehomes if those programs
are evaluated in accordance with the guidelines established by
Section 740.1. The commission may develop a program involving
utilities, representatives of the manufactured housing and mobilehome
industries, and organizations representing senior citizens and
consumers to increase the construction and marketing of energy
efficiency measures for mobilehomes and manufactured housing.
(b) The commission may authorize gas and electrical corporations
to provide incentives to seniors, low-income households, and others
who buy new manufactured homes, or mobilehomes, which incorporate
energy efficient measures.
(c) The commission may authorize gas and electrical corporations
to recover through rates the reasonable costs associated with the
programs specified in subdivisions (a) and (b).
(a) To ensure that electrical corporations do not operate
their transmission and distribution monopolies in a manner that
impedes the ability of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit
District (BART District) to reduce its electricity cost through the
purchase and delivery of preference power, electrical corporations
shall meet the requirements of this section.
(b) Any electrical corporation that owns and operates transmission
and distribution facilities that deliver electricity at one or more
locations to the BART District's system shall, upon request by the
BART District, and without discrimination or delay, use the same
facilities to do any or all of the following:
(1) Deliver preference power purchased from a federal power
marketing agency or its successor.
(2) Deliver electricity purchased from a local publicly owned
(3) Deliver electricity generated by an eligible renewable energy
(c) Where the BART District purchases electricity at more than one
location, at any voltage, from an electric utility under tariffs
regulated by the commission, the utility shall bill the BART District
for usage as though all the electricity purchased at transmission
level voltages were metered by a single meter at one location and all
the electricity purchased at subtransmission voltages were metered
by a single meter at one location, provided that any billing for
demand charges would be based on the coincident demand of
transmission and distribution metering.
(d) If, on or after January 1, 1996, the BART District leases or
has agreed to lease, as special facilities, utility plants for the
purpose of receiving power at transmission level voltages, an
electrical corporation may not terminate the lease without
concurrence from the BART District.
(e) When the BART District elects to have electricity delivered
pursuant to subdivision (b), neither Sections 365 and 366, and any
commission regulations, orders, or tariffs, that implement direct
transactions, are applicable, nor is the BART District an electricity
supplier. Neither the commission, nor any electrical corporation
that delivers the federal power or electricity purchased from a local
publicly owned electric utility or generated by an eligible
renewable energy resource to the BART District, shall require that an
electricity supplier be designated as a condition of the delivery of
(f) The BART District may elect to obtain electricity from the
following multiple sources at the same time:
(1) Electricity delivered pursuant to subdivision (b).
(2) Electricity supplied by one or more direct transactions.
(3) Electricity from any electrical corporation that owns and
operates transmission and distribution facilities that deliver
electricity at one or more locations to the BART District's system.
(g) For purposes of this section, "eligible renewable energy
resources" has the same meaning as defined in subdivision (e) of
The policy of the State of California is that rates and
charges established by the commission for water service provided by
water corporations shall do all of the following:
(a) Provide revenues and earnings sufficient to afford the utility
an opportunity to earn a reasonable return on its used and useful
investment, to attract capital for investment on reasonable terms and
to ensure the financial integrity of the utility.
(b) Minimize the long-term cost of reliable water service to water
(c) Provide appropriate incentives to water utilities and
customers for conservation of water resources.
(d) Provide for equity between present and future users of water
(e) Promote the long-term stabilization of rates in order to avoid
steep increases in rates.
(f) Be based on the cost of providing the water service including,
to the extent consistent with the above policies, appropriate
coverage of fixed costs with fixed revenues.
Every public utility shall obey and comply with every order,
decision, direction, or rule made or prescribed by the commission in
the matters specified in this part, or any other matter in any way
relating to or affecting its business as a public utility, and shall
do everything necessary or proper to secure compliance therewith by
all of its officers, agents, and employees.
The commission may investigate all existing or proposed
interstate rates, fares, tolls, charges, and classifications, and all
rules and practices in relation thereto, for or in relation to the
transportation of persons or property or the transmission of messages
for conversations, where any act in relation thereto takes place
within this state and when they are, in the opinion of the
commission, in violation of federal law, or in conflict with the
rulings, orders, or regulations of the a federal agency, the
commission may apply for relief by petition or otherwise to the
federal agency that has jurisdiction over the alleged violation or to
any court of competent jurisdiction.
Except as otherwise provided in this section, no foreign
corporation, other than those which by compliance with the laws of
this State are entitled to transact a public utility business within
this State, shall henceforth transact within this State any public
utility business, nor shall any foreign corporation which is at
present lawfully transacting business within this State henceforth
transact within this State any public utility business of a character
different from that which it is at present authorized by its charter
or articles of incorporation to transact. No license, permit, or
franchise to own, control, operate, or manage any public utility
business or any part or incident thereof shall be henceforth granted
or transferred, directly or indirectly, to any foreign corporation
which is not at present lawfully transacting within this State a
public utility business of like character.
Foreign corporations engaging in commerce with foreign nations or
commerce among the several states may transact within this State such
commerce and intrastate commerce of a like character; provided,
however, that no such foreign corporation shall be permitted to
engage in intrastate commerce within this State until it shall have
first complied with the laws of this State respecting foreign
corporations. Any foreign corporation which complies with the laws of
this State respecting foreign corporations, and which owns at least
90 percent of the outstanding capital stock of any other foreign
corporation transacting a public utility business in this State, may
succeed to the public utility business, franchises, and rights of
such latter corporation and, thereafter continue and carry on such
public utility business.
Whenever in Articles 2 (commencing with Section 726), 3
(commencing with Section 761), and 4 (commencing with Section 791) a
hearing by the commission is required, the hearing may be had either
upon complaint or upon motion of the commission.
(a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the
(1) "Excess compensation" means any annual salary, bonus,
benefits, or other consideration of any value, paid to an officer of
an electrical corporation or gas corporation that is in excess of one
million dollars ($1,000,000).
(2) A "triggering event" occurs if, after January 1, 2013, an
electrical corporation or gas corporation violates a federal or state
safety regulation with respect to the plant and facility of the
utility and, as a proximate cause of that violation, ratepayers incur
a financial responsibility in excess of five million dollars
(b) For a five-year period following a triggering event, no
electrical corporation or gas corporation shall recover expenses for
excess compensation from ratepayers unless the utility complies with
the requirements of this section and obtains the approval of the
commission pursuant to this section.
(c) Any time within a five-year period following a triggering
event and prior to paying or seeking recovery of excess compensation,
an electrical corporation or gas corporation shall file an
application with the commission that, with respect to any officer to
whom it seeks to pay excess compensation, includes all of the
(1) The compensation history for the officer.
(2) The proposed compensation to be paid to the officer, including
the compensation recovered from ratepayers and that paid solely by
shareholders of the utility.
(3) Whether any of the compensation paid to an officer was
previously included or proposed to be included in rates and any
justification for the proposed compensation.
(4) Any additional information required by the commission.
(d) As part of the proceeding to consider the application, the
commission shall consider the costs to ratepayers of the triggering
event. The commission shall hold not less than one duly noticed
public hearing in the proceeding. The commission shall issue a
written decision determining whether any expenses for excess
compensation proposed to be paid by the electrical corporation or gas
corporation should be recovered in rates, or if previously
authorized to be recovered in rates, should be refunded to
(e) A person or corporation owning or operating a qualifying
facility pursuant to federal law or a facility that is an exempt
wholesale generator is not an electrical corporation due to the
ownership or operation of that facility. This subdivision is
declaratory of existing law.
(f) In every decision on a general rate case, the commission shall
require all authorized executive compensation to be placed in a
balancing account, memorandum account, or other appropriate mechanism
so that this section can be implemented without violating any
prohibition on retroactive ratemaking.
(a) Not later than March 1, 2012, the commission shall
institute a rulemaking proceeding for the purpose of considering and
adopting a code of conduct, associated rules, and enforcement
procedures, to govern the conduct of the electrical corporations
relative to the consideration, formation, and implementation of
community choice aggregation programs authorized in Section 366.2.
The code of conduct, associated rules, and enforcement procedures,
shall do all of the following:
(1) Ensure that an electrical corporation does not market against
a community choice aggregation program, except through an independent
marketing division that is funded exclusively by the electrical
corporation's shareholders and that is functionally and physically
separate from the electrical corporation's ratepayer-funded
(2) Limit the electrical corporation's independent marketing
division's use of support services from the electrical corporation's
ratepayer-funded divisions, and ensure that the electrical
corporation's independent marketing division is allocated costs of
any permissible support services from the electrical corporation's
ratepayer-funded divisions on a fully allocated embedded cost basis,
providing detailed public reports of such use.
(3) Ensure that the electrical corporation's independent marketing
division does not have access to competitively sensitive
(4) (A) Incorporate rules that the commission finds to be
necessary or convenient in order to facilitate the development of
community choice aggregation programs, to foster fair competition,
and to protect against cross-subsidization paid by ratepayers.
(B) It is the intent of the Legislature that the rules include, in
whole or in part, the rules approved by the commission in Decision
97-12-088 and Decision 08-06-016.
(C) This paragraph does not limit the authority of the commission
to adopt rules that it determines are necessary or convenient in
addition to those adopted in Decision 97-12-088 and Decision
08-06-016 or to modify any rule adopted in those decisions.
(5) Provide for any other matter that the commission determines to
be necessary or advisable to protect a ratepayer's right to be free
from forced speech or to implement that portion of the federal Public
Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 that establishes the federal
standard that no electric utility may recover from any person other
than the shareholders or other owners of the utility, any direct or
indirect expenditure by the electric utility for promotional or
political advertising (16 U.S.C. Sec. 2623(b)(5)).
(b) The commission shall ensure that the code of conduct,
associated rules, and enforcement procedures are implemented by no
later than January 1, 2013.
(c) This section does not limit the authority of the commission to
require that any marketing against a community choice aggregation
plan shall be conducted by an affiliate of the electrical
corporation, or to require that marketing against a community choice
aggregator not be conducted by a marketing division of the electrical
corporation, subject to affiliate transaction rules to be developed
by the commission.
The commission shall require every electrical, gas, and
telephone corporation to prepare and issue to every employee who, in
the course of his or her employment, has occasion to enter the
premises of customers or subscribers of the corporation an
identification card in a distinctive format having a photograph of
the employee. The corporation shall require every employee to present
the card upon requesting entry into any building or structure on the
premises of a customer or subscriber.
Whenever a business transaction of an electrical, gas, water
corporation with 10,000 or more service connections, or telephone
corporation is such that a personal appearance by a person is
required by the corporation and the person is unable to appear at the
corporation's place of business during the corporation's usual
business hours, then the corporation shall provide a reasonable and
convenient alternative to the person such as an appointment outside
the corporation's usual business hours or allowing the person to
conduct the transaction by telephone, or mail, or both.
The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the policies
for telecommunications in California are as follows:
(a) To continue our universal service commitment by assuring the
continued affordability and widespread availability of high-quality
telecommunications services to all Californians.
(b) To focus efforts on providing educational institutions, health
care institutions, community-based organizations, and governmental
institutions with access to advanced telecommunications services in
recognition of their economic and societal impact.
(c) To encourage the development and deployment of new
technologies and the equitable provision of services in a way that
efficiently meets consumer need and encourages the ubiquitous
availability of a wide choice of state-of-the-art services.
(d) To assist in bridging the "digital divide" by encouraging
expanded access to state-of-the-art technologies for rural,
inner-city, low-income, and disabled Californians.
(e) To promote economic growth, job creation, and the substantial
social benefits that will result from the rapid implementation of
advanced information and communications technologies by adequate
long-term investment in the necessary infrastructure.
(f) To promote lower prices, broader consumer choice, and
avoidance of anticompetitive conduct.
(g) To remove the barriers to open and competitive markets and
promote fair product and price competition in a way that encourages
greater efficiency, lower prices, and more consumer choice.
(h) To encourage fair treatment of consumers through provision of
sufficient information for making informed choices, establishment of
reasonable service quality standards, and establishment of processes
for equitable resolution of billing and service problems.
(a) The commission shall authorize fully open competition
for intrastate interexchange telecommunications service, otherwise
known as intrastate interLATA, or intrastate service between local
access and transport areas, in California if federal legislation or
court action amends the modification of final judgment entered by the
United States District Court for the District of Columbia in United
States v. Western Electric, Civil Action No. 82-0192, to allow open
competition in that service.
(b) (1) If neither federal law nor court action has authorized
full intrastate interexchange competition, the commission shall order
the opening of all intrastate interexchange telecommunications
markets to full competition, and the commission shall order, no later
than October 1, 1995, all telephone corporations subject to the
restrictions in the modification of final judgment to offer full
intrastate interexchange service, and to seek a waiver of the
interexchange telecommunications service restriction from the federal
court overseeing the modification of final judgment. The service may
be offered through resale and through facilities owned by the
(2) If the federal district court denies the waiver request, and
an appeal is taken and the federal Court of Appeals affirms the
denial and refuses to remand the waiver request to the federal
district court for further review, and review is sought in the United
States Supreme Court and that court refuses to review or reviews and
affirms the lower court decisions denying the waiver, and the
commission determines that all reasonable legal recourse has been
exhausted by the telephone corporation, the commission shall rescind
(3) No order shall be implemented, nor services marketed by the
telephone corporations until a waiver is granted or until federal
legislation or court action amends the modification of final judgment
to allow open competition in intrastate interexchange
(c) No commission order authorizing or directing competition in
intrastate interexchange telecommunications shall be implemented
until the commission has done all of the following, pursuant to the
public hearing process:
(1) Determined that all competitors have fair, nondiscriminatory,
and mutually open access to exchanges currently subject to the
modified final judgment and interexchange facilities, including fair
unbundling of exchange facilities, as prescribed in the commission's
Open Access and Network Architecture Development Proceeding (I.
93-04-003 and R. 93-04-003).
(2) Determined that there is no anticompetitive behavior by the
local exchange telephone corporation, including unfair use of
subscriber information or unfair use of customer contacts generated
by the local exchange telephone corporation's provision of local
exchange telephone service.
(3) Determined that there is no improper cross-subsidization of
intrastate interexchange telecommunications service by requiring
separate accounting records to allocate costs for the provision of
intrastate interexchange telecommunications service and examining the
methodology of allocating those costs.
(4) Determined that there is no substantial possibility of harm
to the competitive intrastate interexchange telecommunications
(d) The opening of intrastate interexchange telecommunications
markets to competition pursuant to this section shall not precede,
but may be coincident with, the opening of competition within the
local exchange markets, as expressly authorized by the commission,
subject to subdivision (c).
(e) No part of this section shall be construed as constituting a
state action within the meaning of Parker v. Brown, 317 U.S. 341.
(f) No part of this section shall be construed to preempt
application of the unfair practices or antitrust laws of this state.
(a) It is the intent of the Legislature that all
telecommunications markets subject to commission jurisdiction be
opened to competition not later than January 1, 1997. The commission
shall take steps to ensure that competition in telecommunications
markets is fair and that the state's universal service policy is
(b) To the extent possible, competition in intraexchange
telecommunications markets shall be coincident with competition in
(c) The commission shall expedite its open network architecture
and network development, interconnection, universal service, and
other related dockets so that whatever additional rules and
regulations that may be necessary to achieve fair local exchange
competition shall be in place no later than January 1, 1997.
(d) If any local exchange telephone company obtains the right to
offer cable television or video dialtone service within its service
territory from a regulatory body or court of competent jurisdiction,
any cable television corporation or its affiliates may immediately
have the right to enter into the intraexchange market within the
service territory of that local exchange carrier by filing for
approval of a certificate of public convenience and necessity, if
necessary, which shall be expeditiously reviewed by the commission.
(e) If the local exchange corporation is subject to the commission'
s standards for the interconnection of networks, network unbundling,
and service quality, the cable television corporation or its
affiliates may be subject to the commission's standards for the
interconnection of networks, network unbundling, and service quality,
for that portion of their network dedicated to intraexchange
telecommunications service. In addition, all corporations offering
intraexchange telecommunications service shall be subject to the
commission's consumer protection regulations.
Not later than January 1, 2000, the commission shall
commence a proceeding to consider whether to establish a new
regulatory framework that does all of the following:
(a) Ensures that the public has universally available access to
basic local exchange service.
(b) Applies appropriate rules to all telecommunications service
(c) Encourages the provision of advanced, high-speed digital
telecommunications services to the public.
(a) The commission shall not exercise regulatory jurisdiction
or control over Voice over Internet Protocol and Internet Protocol
enabled services except as required or expressly delegated by federal
law or expressly directed to do so by statute or as set forth in
subdivision (c). In the event of a requirement or a delegation
referred to above, this section does not expand the commission's
jurisdiction beyond the scope of that requirement or delegation.
(b) No department, agency, commission, or political subdivision of
the state shall enact, adopt, or enforce any law, rule, regulation,
ordinance, standard, order, or other provision having the force or
effect of law, that regulates VoIP or other IP enabled service,
unless required or expressly delegated by federal law or expressly
authorized by statute or pursuant to subdivision (c). In the event of
a requirement or a delegation referred to above, this section does
not expand the commission's jurisdiction beyond the scope of that
requirement or delegation.
(c) This section does not affect or supersede any of the
(1) The Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge Law (Part 20
(commencing with Section 41001) of Division 2 of the Revenue and
Taxation Code) and the state's universal service programs (Section
(2) The Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act of 2006
(Division 2.5 (commencing with Section 5800)) or a franchise granted
by a local franchising entity, as those terms are defined in Section
(3) The commission's authority to implement and enforce Sections
251 and 252 of the federal Communications Act of 1934, as amended (47
U.S.C. Secs. 251 and 252).
(4) The commission's authority to require data and other
information pursuant to Section 716.
(5) The commission's authority to address or affect the resolution
of disputes regarding intercarrier compensation, including for the
exchange of traffic that originated, terminated, or was translated at
any point into Internet Protocol format.
(6) The commission's authority to enforce existing requirements
regarding backup power systems established in Decision 10-01-026,
adopted pursuant to Section 2892.1.
(7) The commission's authority relative to access to support
structures, including pole attachments, or to the construction and
maintenance of facilities pursuant to commission General Order 95 and
General Order 128.
(8) The Warren-911-Emergency Assistance Act (Article 6 (commencing
with Section 53100) of Chapter 1.5 of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title
5 of the Government Code).
(d) This section does not affect the enforcement of any state or
federal criminal or civil law or any local ordinances of general
applicability, including, but not limited to, consumer protection and
unfair or deceptive trade practice laws or ordinances, that apply to
the conduct of business, the California Environmental Quality Act
(Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000) of the Public Resources
Code), local utility user taxes, and state and local authority
governing the use and management of the public rights-of-way.
(e) This section does not affect any existing regulation of,
proceedings governing, or existing commission authority over,
non-VoIP and other non-IP enabled wireline or wireless service,
including regulations governing universal service and the offering of
basic service and lifeline service, and any obligations to offer
(f) This section does not limit the commission's ability to
continue to monitor and discuss VoIP services, to track and report to
the Federal Communications Commission and the Legislature, within
its annual report to the Legislature, the number and type of
complaints received by the commission from customers, and to respond
informally to customer complaints, including providing VoIP customers
who contact the commission information regarding available options
under state and federal law for addressing complaints.
(g) This section does not affect the establishment or enforcement
of standards, requirements, or procedures, including procurement
policies, applicable to any department, agency, commission, or
political subdivision of the state, or to the employees, agents, or
contractors of a department, agency, commission, or political
subdivision of the state, relating to the protection of intellectual
(h) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1,
2020, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted
statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2020, deletes or extends
(a) The commission shall convene, or continue, until August
26, 2025, an independent peer review panel to conduct an independent
review of enhanced seismic studies and surveys of the Diablo Canyon
Units 1 and 2 powerplant, including the surrounding areas of the
facility and areas of nuclear waste storage.
(b) The independent peer review panel shall contract with the
Energy Commission, the California Geological Survey of the Department
of Conservation, the California Coastal Commission, the Alfred E.
Alquist Seismic Safety Commission, the Office of Emergency Services,
and the County of San Luis Obispo to participate on the panel and
(c) The independent peer review panel shall review the seismic
studies and hold public meetings.
(d) The commission shall make reports by the independent peer
review panel publicly available on the Internet Web site maintained
by the commission.
(a) If an incumbent local exchange carrier files a forbearance
petition with the Federal Communications Commission pursuant to
Section 10 of the federal Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. Sec.
160), requesting that the Federal Communications Commission forbear
from enforcing that carrier's duty to provide to any requesting
telecommunications carrier, nondiscriminatory access to network
elements on an unbundled basis at any technically feasible point on
rates, terms, and conditions that are just, reasonable, and
nondiscriminatory (47 U.S.C. Sec. 251(c)(3) and Sec. 271 (c)(2)(B)
(ii)), within any metropolitan statistical area located in the state,
the commission shall participate in that forbearance proceeding by
filing comments on the petition, providing data on competition in the
metropolitan statistical area that is the subject of the petition,
and taking any other action that advances the state's policies
promoting competition in telecommunications markets.
(b) (1) In order to be prepared to timely comply with subdivision
(a), the commission shall develop a sample data request for
collecting data on competition in any California metropolitan
statistical area. The data shall include, but not be limited to,
separate data on competitive options for residential, business, and
(2) All providers of voice communications services, including, but
not limited to, local exchange carriers, interexchange carriers,
mobile telephony service providers, and providers of facilities-based
interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, shall
provide all data and other information relevant to the forbearance
petition requested by the commission pursuant to this section.
(a) The commission shall require an electrical or gas
corporation to do all of the following:
(1) Develop a program no later than January 1, 2017, within the
electrical or gas corporation's demand-side management programs
authorized by the commission, to provide incentives to a residential
or small or medium business customer to acquire energy management
technology for use in the customer's home or place of business. The
electrical or gas corporation may allow third parties or local
governments to apply for incentives on behalf of customers. The
electrical or gas corporation shall work with third parties, local
governments, and other interested parties in developing the program.
The electrical or gas corporation shall establish incentive amounts
based on savings estimation and baseline policies adopted by the
(2) Develop a plan by September 30, 2016, to educate residential
customers and small and medium business customers about the incentive
program developed pursuant to paragraph (1). The commission may
require that the plan be integrated into, or coordinated with, any
education campaign required by the commission.
(3) Annually report to the commission on actual customer savings
resulting from the incentive program established pursuant to this
section. The commission shall evaluate all electrical or gas
corporation energy savings claims achieved pursuant to the incentive
program in a manner consistent with commission-adopted evaluation
protocols and determine if the program shall continue or be modified.
(b) For purposes of this section, "energy management technology"
may include a product, service, or software that allows a customer to
better understand and manage electricity or gas use in the customer'
s home or place of business.
(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to amend or limit
the ability of a community choice aggregator to apply to administer
an energy efficiency or conservation program or a demand-side
management program as set forth in Section 381.1.